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Treasury Tax Clearances

Requesting a Treasury Tax Clearance

All Detroit-based businesses that need a business license, and those individuals and businesses who conduct business directly with the City of Detroit require a Treasury Clearance. A Treasury Clearance validates that individuals and businesses do not owe money to the City of Detroit.

My Clearance Was Denied

If you have been denied, please do not resubmit your clearance application, contact for assistance.

Michigan Department of Treasury's City Tax Administration

The City of Detroit is responsible for approving or denying tax clearance requests and uses data provided by the City Tax Administration to make its determination.

Treasury's City Tax Administration provides the City of Detroit with the current status of all items related to income tax filings, tax returns that are and are not on file, payments, and/or any outstanding tax liabilities for your account. If you were denied a tax clearance and submit payments and/or returns not previously on file then it may take up to 21 days for these items to be processed. This is the standard timeframe for receipt of information from returns or payments sent by US mail.

If you have questions about:

An outstanding debt's balance, contact the City Tax Administration at 517-636-5829.
Receipt of returns or payments, visit Check My Tax Information or contact the City Tax  Administration at 517-636-5829.